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Christmas in Thai Binh: medicine and spiritual support for more than 5,000 people with disabilities and leprosy – Malaysian Christian News

Posted: December 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm


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More than 5,600 people and more than 1,000 volunteers took part in the Christmas Congress organised by the local diocese. Almost 500 people with leprosy (Hansens Disease) were examined and received drugs for free. For Bishop Nguyen Van De, even with different faiths, humans have a common Creator and a paradise. Dec 29, 2019

By Ngoc Lan For Catholics in the Diocese of Thi Bnh, in the coastal province with the same name in northern Vietnam, the Christmas season provided an opportunity to renew their commitment to disabled people and people on the margins of society.

The local Church has been doing this via a number of initiatives that offer material and spiritual support, comfort, moments of sharing and medical assistance.

For the 18th consecutive year, the Diocese and its bishop, Mgr Phwro (Peter) Nguyen Van De, organised a Christmas Congress for the disabled on 14-16 December at the Bishoprics General House (Nha Chung) with the participation of over 5,600 disabled people and more than 1,000 volunteers.

In addition to Thai Binh, participants came from 100 social units or centres in other northern provinces like Nam Dinh, Hung Yen, Ninh Bnh, Thai Nguyen, Bac Ninh and Hai Duong.

On the first day, the medical staff (Catholic and non-Catholic doctors and nurses) provided free medical examinations and medicines to more than 500 leprosy patients. The volunteers came from H Noi, Ho Chi Minh City (Si Gn) and Thi Bnh, as well as the Diocese of Incheon, South Korea.

Mgr Mario Michiaki Yamanouchi, Bishop of Saitama (Japan), took part in the outreach. Children and young people from the local Diocese got patients involved in recreational, cultural and sporting activities over the other two days.

The latter culminated in a Mass celebrated by Mgr Nguyen Van De on 15 December, attended by other bishops, priests, religious and seminarians.

During the service, the assembled congregation recited a special prayer for those who are sick, disabled and suffering. Unlike other years, the faithful were able to listen to some "lessons on the Word of God given by the prelates.

In particular, Mgr Giuse (Joseph) Chau Ngoc Tri, Bishop of Cao Bang-Lang Son, stressed the importance God gave to humanity by sending his Son to earth.

Mgr Yamanouchi said he was very happy to attend the event organised by the local diocese. I wish Thai Binh and Saitama become more united in fraternal spirit.

Bishop Nguyen Van De summed up the experience of the Congress, saying: "We have been together, sharing joys and sorrows, preparing to celebrate Christmas.

We invite you, as well as those who do not have the same belief, to share Christmas, for we have a common paradise, a common Creator, a common earth and a common atmosphere whose air we breathe.

We have a lot in common. There are joys and sorrows in life. We also have parents and ancestors, as well as happiness, sadness and injustice in our life. So let us hope to have a peaceful and happy life.

Finally, he noted, Jesus came to earth to love and save us. You, brothers and sisters, should strongly believe that.--Asia News

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Vietnams top tourist destinations ready to ring in New Year – VnExpress International

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In Hanoi, countdown events will begin at 7 p.m. on December 31 at the Ly Thai To flower garden and the August Revolution Square in downtown Hoan Kiem District.

There will be an electronic music concert featuring big V-pop names such as Soobin Hoang Son, Toc Tien, Min, Tuan Hung, and Da LAB band at Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square by the iconic Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake. Cultural activities and folk games will be on in the nearby pedestrians-only zone.

Ho Chi Minh City, the countrys largest city, will ring in the New Year with firework displays, a 3D lighting show, and a musical countdown.

The 15-minute fireworks displays will begin at midnight at the Landmark 81, the country's highest building in Binh Thanh District, and at the Thu Thiem Tunnel area that links Districts 1 and 2 and Dam Sen Park in District 11.

On December 31 and January 1 nights there will be a lighting show using 3D mapping techniques at the city Peoples Committee office in District 1. Downtown streets will be decorated with lights.

A concert by pop star Son Tung M-TP will be held on the Nguyen Hue pedestrian street on New Years Eve.

Foreign tourists walk on Bui Vien pedestrian street in downtown HCMC. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.

In Da Nang, the countrys third largest city and a popular tourist destination, there will be celebrations at the September 2 Square.

A 15-minute fireworks display will light up the sky at 9 p.m. after the countdown party. For many years, the central city, famous for its annual international fireworks festival, has been popular with foreign tourists.

HCMC, Hanoi and Da Nang are among 100 most visited destinations in the world, according to the annual Top City Destinations Ranking report released last week by the U.K.-based global business intelligence firm Euromonitor International.

Da Nang rings in the new year 2018 with a fireworks party on Han River. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Dong.

The ancient town of Hoi An, a neighbor of Da Nang, will also have lots of events.An Hoi Sculpture Garden will host an event at 9.30 p.m. featuring an arts performance, a lottery and a singing contest. There will be a fireworks display near the Hoai River.

In the south central province of Ninh Thuan, a grand music festival and a fireworks display will take place from 9:30 p.m. at the April 16 Square in Phan Rang-Thap Cham, the capital of Ninh Thuan.

An art program will be held at Phan Thiet, home to the popular resort destination of Mui Ne in the neighboring province of Binh Thuan, from 8 p.m. at the Nguyen Tat Thanh Square, followed by a fireworks display.

The UNESCO heritage site of Ha Long Bay will host a concert featuring well-known pop singers and DJs at the October 30 Square from 8 p.m.

Around 5.2 million foreigners visited Ha Long Bay last year, or 30 percent of the countrys 15.6 million foreign tourist arrivals.

Phu Tho Province, around 100 kilometers to the northwest of Hanoi, and home to the famous Hung Kings Temple, will welcome the new year with fireworks displays and art programs.

Letting off fireworks has long been a tradition during important festivals and major national celebrations like Reunification Day on April 30 and Independence Day on September 2.

As disposable incomes rise and the country becomes increasingly open to the outside world, Vietnamese have begun to celebrate foreign festivals likethe New Year,Christmas and Halloween with enthusiasm.

The countrys GDP growth is among worlds highest over the past decade. Vietnams GDP growth of 7.02 percent this year exceeded the parliaments target of 6.6-6.8 percent as well as forecasts by several international organizations.

Global real estate consultant Knight Frank earlier this year said the number of extremely rich individuals in Vietnam is set togrow at the fastest rate in the world,by 31 percent in the next five years.

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These were the stories that got Toronto talking in 2019 – CBC.ca

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Toronto Raptors fans react to their team's first NBA title inside Jurassic Park, an open air viewing space outside Scotiabank Arena that became the epicentre of Toronto fandom during the playoffs.

With 2020nearly here, it's time to take a look back at the biggest news stories of the year in the Greater Toronto Area and what a spin around the sun it's been.

To reflect on 2019,CBC Toronto has curated a list of some of the year's most talked-about headlines.

The Raptors' incredible NBA championship win has to be a contender for story of the year in Toronto.

The team's incredible playoff run;Kawhi Leonard's unforgettable buzzer-beating shot;$120,000 courtside seats and a victory parade attended by more than a million fans the Raps made headlines for three straight months.

It was a chapter of sports history that Toronto will never forget.

While many people seem ready to forget her, it's impossible to reflect on the year that was in news without mentioning 'chair girl.'

For some reason incomprehensible to most people,Marcella Zoia, 19 at the time, decided to throw a folding chair from the balcony of a downtown Toronto highriseonto the streets below.

A short video of the toss made Zoia instantly infamous. In November, she pleaded guilty to one count ofmischief endangering life. She is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

Like any other year, there has been no shortage of tragedy in the GTAin 2019. But one, in particular, hit Canadians especially hard.

Riya Rajkumar, 11, was the subject of a late night Amber Alert onFebruary 14.

Hours later, the Brampton girl was found dead in a basement apartment where her father lived.Roopesh Rajkumar, 41, was charged with first-degree murder in her death, but died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in hospital just a few days later.

Riya was remembered as a beautiful, lively young girl who "touched a lot of lives" in her short life.

Premier Doug Ford's government captured the country's attention during a whirlwind year in Ontario politics.

Its first budget in April set the stage for major changes in hot-button areas of policylikehealth care, autism treatment and services, public transit and education just to name a few.

Ford's aggressive agenda has sparkedclashes with influential interest groups and even led the province to walk back some of its movesin the face of staunch opposition.

There were also some more outlandish controversies, like a plan to purchase a $50K custom van for the premier and his teamto travel in and a number of eyebrow-raising patronage appointments that preceded his chief of staff's resignation.

Oh and, of course, the province changed the slogan on Ontario licence plates.

It'sa tale of workplace rivalry gone dangerously overboard and one that, apparently, lots of Canadians could empathize with (for lots of different reasons, we assume).

Matsa Beliashvilisaysthat she went through "hell" as her one-time co-worker at theEsteLauder counter in the downtown Hudson's Bay location allegedlytainted her drinking water with Lysol cleaning sprayon multiple times over several months.

Beliashvili, then 33,hadbouts of nausea, headaches and skin irritations, she said. In some instances, she had to take days off work because she felt so ill.

After security cameras caught her co-worker in the act, police charged the woman withone count of administering a noxious substance with intent to cause bodily harm and one count of mischief to interfere with property.

It was a whirlwind affair that began with a Saudi teen barricaded in a Thai hotel roombravely defying the laws of her country, and against long odds, refusing to return to her allegedly abusive family.

Just days later, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qununwas on Canadian soil, flanked by smiling officials and local service providersamid the flash of cameras a swift resolution to a story that could have had a very different ending.

The #SaveRahaf campaign would have been impossible without help from an online group of like-minded Saudi women who campaigned for women's rights online.

In a one-on-one interview with CBC News, the teen opened up about what she'd been through.

"I was exposed to physical violence, persecution, oppression, threats to be killed. I was locked in for six months," she saidin Arabic, describing what happened after she cut her hair, something her family was strongly against.

"I felt that I could not achieve my dreams that I wanted as long as I was still living in Saudi Arabia."

With a little detective work and help from a DNA test, an Ontario woman recently found three sisters and a brother she never knew she had.

This is a story about the strength of familial bonds and love between siblings that captivated readers across Canada.

It was a big year for homegrown GTA talent.

In July, it was announced that Mississauga'sSimu Liu will be Marvel's first Asian-American superhero on the silver screen.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ringsis slated for release in 2021.

Liualso plays Jung onthe CBC sit-comKim's Convenience.

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That same month, Mississauga teenMaitreyi Ramakrishnangot news that she had beat out 15,000 competitorsto snag the central role in Mindy Kaling's new Netflix comedy series.

She was at home in her dining room when Kaling best known forThe OfficeandThe Mindy Project and co-creator Lang Fisher called to give her the good news.

Inspired by elements of Kaling's own upbringing, the series is said to be a coming-of-age tale centred on Devi, a modern-day, first-generation Indian-American teen.

One of the things Ramakrishnan is most excited about is that the series will tell stories through the lens of a youngSouth Asian woman growing up in North America.

"I'm a firm believer that if you don't see what you want in the media or in the world in general, you should go out there and be that change and take up that space," she said.

"Go after your dreams. Don't stop for anyone," she told CBC News.

If you, like an ever increasing number of Torontonians, live in a highrisebuilding or near one, than you can probably relate to this story on some level.

In February, residentsof a century-old historic building downtown told CBC Toronto they were fed up withtheir neighbours vomiting andtossing bottles, bones, and cigarette butts down onto their balconies.

"It's a beautiful building, but it's a shame," said Richard Blundell, who lives in a fifth-floor penthouse unit in the building.

As home to one of the busiest airports in North America, the GTA serves as the setting for all kinds of hellish travel stories.

This year, Canadians were particularly interested in the ordeal of David Kitchen and his fellow passengers aboard a flight to Victoria. The weary travellers boarded the Air Canada plane at 8 p.m. on a Tuesday but didn't take off until almost 3 a.m. the next day.

You read that right: they spent nearly seven hours stuck on the tarmac.

"The underlying thing is there was just really no communication," said Kitchen.

About a month later, passengers on a Sunwing flight from Toronto to Cancun had their own infernal air travel experience.

On the night of Aug. 24 on Lake Joseph in Ontario cottage country, Linda O'Leary was driving a boat involved in a crash that killed two people,Gary Poltash, 64, and Suzana Brito. 48. Both were on a vessel that was struck by O'Leary's boat and they suffered fatalhead trauma in the collision.

The wife of entrepreneur and media personality Kevin O'Leary known for his cantankerous on-screen personaO'Leary's case garnered a lot of public interest.

She has since been chargedwith careless operation of a vessel under the Canada Shipping Act. If found guilty, she could face a $10,000 fine. Themandriving the other boat, Robert Ruh,and is charged with failing to exhibit a navigation light while underway.

CBC News reported in November that the OPP sayO'Leary had alcohol on her breathin the hours following the crash. She says she was a given vodka beverage by someone after the collision.

O'Leary is scheduled to be back in court in January.

Sometimes among the deluge of discouraging headlines it can be easy to lose sight of how dynamic and interesting Toronto can be.

At the beginning of 2019, Toronto unveiled a stacked container market built on a 2.6-acre plot of city-owned land that had been vacant for years.

The complex at 28 Bathurst St. eventually opened in the spring and remains a popular spot near the waterfront.

The more than 100 recycled shipping containers house dozens of businesses.

Lots of CBC readers said they were happy to see an otherwise vacant space used for something a little more stimulating.

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Quang Hai’s ‘Rainbow in the Snow’ top voted for AFC U23 Championship’s Iconic Goals – Nhan Dan Online

Posted: December 26, 2019 at 10:47 am


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>>> Quang Hai in 24-man shortlist for Best Footballer in Asia 2019

Ahead of the 2020 AFC U23 Championship in Thailand next January, the AFC has hosted a vote for fans favourite goal from the eight iconic goals of the tournament since its inception in 2013. Quang Hais superb free kick in the snow storm in the final of the 2018 tournament was in the running.

After one week, Quang Hai's free kick against reigning champions Uzbekistan U23s in the 2018 final in Changzhou (China) was the winner of the vote, gaining a total of 1,159,847 votes, streaks ahead of the second most voted for goal by Iranian player Mahdi Torabi against China U23 in 2016 which had a total of 298,037 votes.

The voting result for the most iconic goal at the AFC U23 Championship.

The goal by the Hanoi FCs midfielder was ultimately the deserving winner as it was not merely an equaliser for Vietnam in a very tense situation against Uzbekistan in that final, but also showed other noble values such as team spirit, unwavering belief and the desire of the entire team in the harsh weather conditions many of the players had never experienced before.

Talking about the iconic goal of Quang Hai, the AFC wrote while Uzbekistan won the tournament, Nguyen Quang Hai captured the imagination of fans with his 'Rainbow in the Snow' in the final one of five superb goals by the midfielder providing one of the most iconic moments the competition has ever witnessed.

In the final in January 27, 2018, Uzbekistan opened the scoring in the eighth minute, thanks to Rustamjon Ashurmatovs header, but Quang Hais Rainbow in the Snow levelled proceedings as half-time approached. Vietnam performed admirably and appeared to be heading for a penalty shootout as the game entered its 120th minute. However, substitute Andrey Sidorov volleyed home Dostonbek Khamdamovs corner to seal the victory in the 120th minute to help Uzbekistan claim their first title of the AFC U23 Championship.

Let's witness the superb goal "Rainbow in the Snow" by Quang Hai. (Video: AFC)

The iconic goal by Quang Hai is expected to bring a lot of spiritual meaning to him as a source of encouragement not only for the Hanoian, but also for his entire Vietnam U23 team before leaving for Thailand to attend this years finals.

Coach Park Hang-seo and his players are eager to recreate their impressive achievement in 2018, heading towards a Top 3 finish in the tournament held in Thailand to be granted a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Currently, Hai and his teammates are in Ho Chi Minh City for their final preparation ahead of the 2020 AFC U23 Championship. They have arrived home after a 10-day training camp in the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Park and his Korean assistants will join Vietnam U23 squad in Ho Chi Minh City this afternoon after a short Christmas holiday in their home country. The team will be back to training from December 25 to prepare for a friendly with V.League 1 side Becamex Binh Duong on December 28.

On January 1, 2020, the squad will set off to Thailand for the 2020 AFC U23 Championship. According to the plan, Parks side will have one last rehearsal with a final friendly with Bahrain U23s on January 3 next year.

On January 10, Vietnam will officially kick-off their Thai campaign with the Group D opener against the UAE, before facing Jordan on January 13. The reigning runners-up will wrap up their group stage with a match against DPR Korea on January 16.

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7 Extreme Experiences To Enjoy In Thailand – Haute Living

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Thailand is a country rich in culture, history and experiences. From sleeping with elephants underneath a starlit sky to attending the magical Yee Peng lantern festival to eating your way through the culinary wonders of Bangkok, here are seven extreme experiences to enjoy in Thailand. Photo Credit: Anantara Golden Triangle

If theres anything more awe-inspiring then walking side by side with a 6-ton elephant, we havent experienced it. Thats the kind of experience youll have at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, a stunning, 160-acre, five-star property tucked into the jungles of Chiang Rai. When staying here, soak up every minute by booking the Discovery package, which will provide a 360-experiential luxury escapade and all the affluent amenities you can imagine. Guests who choose this adventure who receivereturn transfers by luxury limousine to Chiang Rai Airport (or a four-house drive by private Mercedes-Benz from Chiang Maiwith its own Wi-Fi, of course), a VIP Regal Elephant Arrival, which includes collection from the airport and a traditional longtail boat on the Mekong River, before venturing down the Ruak River to dock at Anantaras private jetty, concluding with an elephant trek along jungle paths right up to the hotel lobby.

And thats just the beginning. For each night stayed, guests who book this package can choose one activity from four categories, though should you wish to fully embrace the nature of Chiang Rai, we recommend dedicating all to the elephant camp. These ventures include the Elephant Learning Experience, where youll learn about elephant composition and biology, as well as get to feed, play with and even wash the gorgeous beats, and Walking with Giants, where guests join the elephants free roaming stroll with their mahouts (caretakers) and a resident vet or biologist, as well as enjoy shower time.

The second all-inclusive signature experience category offers luxury pampering at Anantara Spa, with a choice of two 90 minute rituals such as scrubs, wraps, massages, facials, manicure and pedicure treatments.Anantaras Spice Spoons Thai cooking school offers the third all-inclusive activity option. The experience begins in the former Lanna Kingdom capital of nearby Chiang Saen, with a chef-guided market tour and coffee with the locals, followed by a temple offering and breakfast picnic in the temple grounds. Back at the resort, students tour the resorts on-site herb garden before donning aprons for the step-by-step cooking class, learning how to recreate Thai cuisines unique four flavor balance with a master chef. Well get into the fourth excursion a little later.

The newest addition as of November isin our opinionthe most majestic. From dusk until dawn, youll sleep in a bubble in the jungle as elephants roam freely around you. Guests will be completely safe and protected, though be able to see some of the most breathtaking, unbelievable views in the world. Located in the jungle on the banks of the Ruak river, the two air conditioned Jungle Bubbles will be perched on raised wooden decks. Each will feature a bedroom and living space with bespoke furnishings under the transparent bubble roof, and an enclosed, nontransparent en suite bathroom.The Jungle Bubbles were conceived and custom designed by Eye In The Sky and are constructed with high tech polyester fabric using exclusive Precontraint Serge Ferrari technology to create an milieu in which guests can enjoy an immersive, close-to-nature experience.

If sleeping in a jungle bubble isnt your bag, needless to say, this luxury resort has every creature comfort you could expect, and then some. There are 40 rooms and 15 suites, including 6 family suites, all perched on a hilltop and designed inroyal Thai Lanna style. All rooms and suites feature a spacious balcony with a built-in sofa overlooking the misty hills of Thailand, Myanmar and Laosthe famed Golden Triangle, as it were. Interiors showcase the elegance of Thai culture with silks, textiles and teakwood furniture complemented by a host of modern amenities, such as a terrazzo bathtub for two featuring retractable doors that can be opened for a soak with a view of the breath taking surrounds; a lounging area; a balcony with a daybed; a walk-in rain shower; international satellite TV, DVD and bluetooth; a Nespresso; and a complimentary daily minibar. Plus, who doesnt love walking into a room with towels shaped like elephants with a spread of homemade elephant-shaped shortbread cookies?

229 Moo 1, Wiang, Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai 57150

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The fourth part of the discovery package at Golden Triangle, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, is also one of its most distinctive. The area in which its located, the Golden Triangle, is named as such because it overlooks the fabled convergence of three countries: Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. And when it comes to an experience youll remember, Anantara delivers with the ultimate private excursion, an exploration of theunique character and traditions of Thailand and Myanmar, with the option of adding a Laos experience. The cultural trip incorporates market, temple and ancient Lanna experiences, travel by private car, tuk tuk and longtail boat, with an experienced guide easing immigration, providing language assistance and regaling insightful facts and stories.

In Myanmar, youll hop in a tuk-tuk and immediately head to a food market, where youll meet locals, uncover age old traditions at the Shwedagon Pagoda, find out about the animal corresponding to your birthday and learn how to make merit with a temple offering, photograph the mountain scenery and find spirituality (if you seek it) at the Jade Temple. In Chiang Saen, Thailand, youll tour the scattered ruins of defensive walls and sacred temples before boarding a traditional longtail boat to cruise the Mekong. Passing the impressive Golden Buddha statue and the point where three countries converge to mark the Golden Triangle, youll saunter off down the Ruak River to reach the resorts private pier. By adding the optonal experience of Laos, you can opt to continue your longtail boat journey along the Mekong River to Don Sao Island (which, thanks to a loophole in immigration laws, you can visit without a visa). As our final stop of the day, you might also be tempted to try a Beer Laos, and if youre feeling braver, the potent rice whisky.

Theres a plethora of options for further experiences back at the resort, if you still have energy and time.Early risers can revitalize with a bike ride to Sai Thung reservoir or an al fresco yoga class. Those who simply want to relax can do so in the infinity pool and Jacuzzi while taking in the stunning Mekong, Myanmar and Laos views.Nature lovers can go bird watching, walk or jog along beautiful trails and contribute to Anantaras conservation work with a native tree planting activity. Those with energy to burn can enjoy the gym, squash and tennis courts. And if youre reallyhardcore, personal trainers offer up personal Muay Thai lessons in an epic, professional-grade training court.

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Youve all seen the magical pictures of hundreds, sometimes thousands,oflanterns floating in the air. This happens for a very specific reason: Every year, the country celebrates its Yee Peng Festival on the full moon of the twelfth lunar month, which typically happens every November. This is when the moon is meant to be the brightest, and wishes for good fortune are allegedly the most likely to come true. For a country steeped in superstition, this is everything. And the very best placethe most fabled place, in factto enjoy the Yee Peng/Loy Krathong Festival is in Chiang Mai.

Lanterns and floating kratong (flower offerings) are sold everywhere, and cheaply. You can celebrate literally anywhere in Chiang Mai. But the most VIP event is held at Lanna Dhutanka in Mae Cho in the San Sai district of Chiang Mai. Not only will you take the blessed circular walk around monks, but youll enjoy the ultimate VIP seating with important figures from Thailands government, a specially crafted inner box and Lanna and Thai cultural performances before letting your own lantern float sky high. Yee Peng is so beautiful it takes your breath away.

During this popular, mystical time period, hotels book up fast and needless to say, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort will be one of the first to go (so book this well in advance!). Reason being: it offers a self-contained, supremely serene oasis smack dab in the middle of the city, just 15 minutes from Chiang Mai International Airport, but most importantly, a two-minute walk from the riverside. The river view, in fact, will beyourview during breakfast, as well as during your stay. And this means youll be in a prime position for double wishesyou can release your kratong even after attending the VIP Yee Peng Festivalandhit up the nearby Night Bazaar. Winning!

Location aside, the resort is a stunner.84 sleekly designed rooms and suites are housed in an elegant modern building of wood and expansive glass. Private balconies and terraces feature a double daybed overlooking manicured grounds, the colonial house or river. Inside, sunlight streams through floor-to-ceiling windows, illuminating contemporary dcor, stylish furnishings and local artifacts. The 32 Kasara Suites (our preference) boast 1130 square feet of space, including a lounge and dining area, a large open-plan bathroom and amenities such as Bose entertainment, an iPod dock and JURA Swiss brand coffee machine. Those in the Kasara suites get all the extras: A private check-in and check-out service, a complimentary laundry service (seven pieces per day), a private indoor/outdoor lounge with a dedicated concierge, WiFi and a laptop computer, as well as evolving culinary temptations.

Chiang Mai is an ideal destination for travelers eager to explore. There almost too much to do. After long days of exploring the citys quirky caf, art and boutique scene, to countless temples, Lanna Kingdom ruins and bustling markets, verdant mountains and rice paddies, lakes, waterfalls and national parks, elephant experiences, bamboo river rafting, the nearby Hill tribes and handicraft village, jungle zip lining, a sunset river cruise and golf by the Himalayan foothill, youll definitely need an oasis of relaxation, and Anantara Chiang Mai is the very place to kick back. Guests can sunbathe in quiet seclusion and swim in the 366-square foot riverside pool. Energy is renewed with a workout in the river view gym, restorative yoga or tai chi, or with a Muay Thai boxing class. Culture and wellness go hand in hand at Anantara Spa, where holistic pampering includes unique northern Thai rituals, such as the Lanna ritual: a full-body massagecombining healing plai massage oil with Thai, Burmese and Chinese techniques to enhance energy flow and overall wellbeing, ending with a mini pressure point facial, complete with a singing bowl, a clearing of energy and wish-making with a golden heart Bodhi leaf.

123 123/1 Charoen Prathet Rd, Muang Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100

Photo Credit: Antantara Chiang Mai One of the coolest dining experiences youll have anywhere in the world is located in the heart of Chiang Mai, and with the 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die, set for an April release, we dare say that its the perfect time to spy-themed The Service 1921. What once served as the British Consulate now serves as Anantara Chiang Mais heritage, serving up contemporary cocktails and Thai, Sichuanese and Vietnamese cuisines, all with a British intelligence service twist.What now serves as the restaurants private dining room was actually a secret spy/war room for British forces thats accessible through a secret bookshelf door.

The Service 1921 has been respectful of the venues storied past, keeping portraits of former British intelligence offers on the walls, and vintage artifacts scattered throughout the restaurant. It also plays up its theme in a fun way: The menus come in top secret envelopes stamped with For your eyes only. Though it might sound like a concept restaurant, the restaurant has been recognized by the Michelin Guide, and its interiors are posh, not kitschy, with an elegant bar and lounge, al fresco seating on the wrap-around lower and upper verandas, a wine cellar, a cigar area featuring hand-picked Cubans and an exclusive whisky room.

Menu highlights here include the Mala seafood hot pot with mussels, squid, prawns, fresh ginger, scallion, sesame and dry chili; Szechuan black-bone chicken marinated with draught beer, then stir-fried with fresh chili, ginger, garlic, red onion and mushroom; and Bashu long spareribsSzechuan pork spare rib stir-fried with dry chili, sesame and garlic. Now more than ever, we recommend trying at least one if not all of the cocktails on the Bond-themed Secret Services menu: a classic Vesper martini; Diamonds are Foreversecret cold-infused vodka with fresh pineapple juice, vanilla syrup, grenadine, and lime juice; and You Only Live Twicesecret cold-infused vodka, apricot brandy, fresh lime and honey caviarare the standouts.

123, 1 Charoen Prathet Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, 50100

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Moving on, head to Bangkok, which offers one of the most elegant afternoon teas youll likely ever have in the storiedAuthors Lounge of the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. The hotel exudes old world charm reminiscent of the early 1900s, with turn-of-the-century-style wicker furniture and hand-painted fabrics, which perfectly accompany framed photographs of many of the famous writers who have stayed at the hotel since the late nineteenth century.

Although the rest of the hotel completed a massive renovation, the 143-year-old Authors Wing retains its character and whimsical charm unique through itsJoseph Conrad Terrace and the Somerset Maugham, Nol Coward and James Michener Lounges. In these newly created salons, images of these literary greats are juxtaposed with scenes at The Oriental during those eras, as well as quotations from their books.

Its the perfect, quietly-elegant setting for afternoon tea, a traditional affair of delicate finger sandwiches, pastries, freshly-baked scones and home-made jams frequented by fashionably clad ladies who lunch. There is a rotating teaearlier this year, the hotel crafted an afternoon tea with Parisian fragrance house diptyque, and currently a festive, holiday-themed tea is on the menu. Its Oriental Afternoon Tea Set is the one to beat, with a menu full of locally-inspired, regional treats such as Jasmine Queen Tea and coconut sorbet,crispy perch with tamarind sauce wrapped in lotus leaf, steamed butterfly pea dumplings filled with peppery crabmeat, papaya salad wrapped in a rice sheet, chicken green curry puff pastry, water chestnut rubies in coconut milk and coconut mango sticky rice, in addition to some rare Chinese teas.

As a side note, another cool experience the hotel offers is at its riverside Terrace Rim Naam, which is accessible only by private boat!

48 Oriental Ave, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500

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For the absolutely most decadent culinary experiences in Thailand, check yourself into lebua at State Tower. The worlds first vertical destinationfirst made famous by The Hangover 2is a one-stop shop for gourmands, oenophiles and hedonists, offering one-of-a-kind culinary experiences in the ultimate glamorous setting. In fact, the hotel features so prominently in the film that it not only has its own suitethis three-bedroom, 2, 863-square foot behemoth with four city-view balconies, welcome Hangovertinis and a fully-stocked mini-bar actually hosted the cast when they filmed therebut too of its own craft cocktails as well. These include the aforementioned HangovertiniChivas 18 year, Manchino Chinato and sage maple syrupas well as the Hangover TooChivas Regal 18 year and Aperol, Dows port as well as maple, rosemary and black pepper syrups at the hotels Sky Bar.

This vertical destination prides itself on being a one-stop shop for a culinarybachanalia, and with good reason.Ten beautiful bars and restaurants fight for dominance at The Dome at lebua, including Sky Bar, which is suspended on a precipice over the city 820 feet in the air, making it one of the highest rooftop bars in the world with some of the best, most breathtaking views of Bangkok (as well as some of the worlds best cocktails); Mezzaluna, one of Thailands only 2-Michelin star restaurants; the nations first interactive French cuisine eatery, Chefs Table, which just earned its first Michelin star under the skillful guidance of the wonderfully charismatic and incredibleChef Vincent Thierry;Flte, A Perrier-Jout bar; and the lauded lebua No. 3, which provides one of the most unique caviar experiences in the world (including cocktails made of caviar air).

Last but not least, make sure to visit the supremely elegant millennial pink champagne hot spot Pink Bar. Thisdouble-height champagne cellar and grand bronze and gold champagne table are stocked with some of Frances finest and rarest boutique brands: Le Brun de Neuville, Rare Champagne, Champagne J. de Telemont, Dosnon Champagne and the extraordinary but obscure Champagne Comtes de Dampierrethe latter personally sourced by lebuas CEO, Mr. Deepak Ohrias well asthe barspice de rsistancea partnership with multi-awarded Rare Champagne; Pink Bar is the only place in the world you can get Rare Champagne by the glass. Hows that for exclusive?

State Tower Bangkok, 1055 Si Lom, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

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If youre seeking unusual/traditional experiences in Bangkok, then dinner at Salathip is a must. Not only does this restaurant have a killer viewits located on the Chao Phraya Riverthe River of Kingsat the Shangri-La, Bangkok, but it also offers up an exotic Thai dance performance inside its Thai-style teak pavilions every evening from 7:45 p.m. which needs to be seen to be believed. The dancers flit by every table as youre indulging in dishes likePhad Phak Boong Kra Tieam Thonesauted morning glory with garlic, chili and bean pasteandGoong Hom Sabai Moo Subcrispy prawns stuffed with minced pork in a Chinese pancakeembracing each diner with the infectious spirit of Bangkok.

The hotel also offers another unique dining experience in its Horizon II River Cruise. Indulge in a buffet of Thai, Japanese and western dishes as youmore importantlycruise past historic buildings and famous landmarks that line the river, including The Grand Palace, Temple of Dawn (a Khmer-styled pagoda), Wat Pho, Holy Rosary Catholic Church (The Kalawar Church), Santa Cruz Church, Kiang Au Keng and the Guan Yu Shrine.

Because this hotel is so traditional, that means youre in store for the traditional Thai massage, performed on floor mat fully clothed without oil, and combining pressure point work with stretching to reawaken your bodys energy flow.

89 Wat Suan Phlu Alley, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500

Elephants at play at Anantara Golden Triangle

Sleep out in the wild at Anantara Golden Triangle

Elephants and sidecars at Anantara Golden Triangle

Anantara Golden Triangle's majestic lobby

Jungle views from your own personal daybed and balcony at Anantara Golden Triangle

A suite at Anantara Golden Triangle

Pool views at Anantara Golden Triangle

Pool views at Anantara Chiang Mai

Pool Lotus Pond at Anantara Chiang Mai

Spa Relaxation area at Anantara Chiang Mai

The Restaurant at Anantara Chiang Mai

Kasara River View Suite at Anantara Chiang Mai

The Service 1921

The Service 1921 private room

Afternoon Tea at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

The terrace at Sala Rim Naan Bangkok

The Presidential Suite at Sala Rim Naam at Shangri-La Bangkok

Shangri-La Bangkok swimming pool

Shangri-La Bangkok Krungthep Presidential Suite

Shangri-La Bangkok Krungthep Presidential Suite bathroom

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Korea flies to victory at the FAI World Drone Racing Championship Grand Final 2019 – World Air Sports Federation

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Congratulations to 16-year-old Korean drone pilot Changhyeon Kang: the new FAI World Drone Racing Champion!

The talented young drone ace fought off stiff competition at the FAI World Drone Racing Championship Grand Final 2019 to climb to the top of the podium in Xiangshan Ningbo, China, alongside Australias Thomas Bitmatta, 20, in second place and French pilot Killian Rousseau, 15, in third.

Kang also scooped the Junior title and led his national team to victory in the Team category, in which last years winners Australia finished in silver medal position just ahead of host nation China.

In the Womens classification, the winner was once again 12-year-old Wanraya Milk Wannapong of Thailand. She successfully defended her title to finish ahead of Korean Siyun Park, 15, and Teng Ma, 34, of the USA.

And in the Junior category, 12-year-old JaeJong Kim of Korea and Australian Sam Heeps, 17, joined Kang on the podium to claim second and third place respectively.

Speaking at the event, Acting Secretary General of the FAI Markus Haggeney said: Congratulations to all the medallists, particularly the Korean team on claiming gold medals in a total of three categories, and the impressive young Thai pilot Wanraya Wannapong, who is now an FAI World Champion for the second time at just 12years old.

And thanks to everyone who has played a part in making this FAI World Drone Racing Championship Grand Final such an excellent competition. There has been a fantastic atmosphere throughout and the Aero Sports Federation of China (ASFC), the organiser Starmach, the city of Ningbo and all the officials and volunteers have done a great job.

The 2019 FAI World Drone Racing Championship Grand Final was held at a dedicated drone-racing track, built especially for the competition in Xiangshan Ningbo, a coastal city in the south east of China about 300km from Shanghai.

The competition took place over four days:

Among the 112 participating pilots,103 drone pilots, including 40 juniors and nine women, competed as part of31 national teams. The other nine pilots competed as individuals.

They tested their skills on athree-level championship racetrack that was 4m wide and 6m high, with a total length of 630m. Called Bi-Fish, it was inspired by the traditional Chinese Tai Chi symbol, and the maritime culture of Xiangshan, Ningbo a former fishing village and included lots of sharp turns, 16 air gates, and a tunnel.

The live scoring was done byFAI Global Technical PartnerNoosphere.

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Juniors

National teams

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Congratulations to 16-year-old Korean drone pilot Changhyeon Kang: the new FAI World Drone Racing Champion!

The talented young drone ace fought off stiff competition to climb to the top of the podium in Xiangshan Ningbo, China, alongside Australias Thomas Bitmatta, 20, in second place and French pilot Killian Rousseau, 15, in third.

Kang also scooped the Junior title and led his national team to victory in the Team category, in which last years winners Australia finished in silver medal position just ahead of host nation China.

In the Womens classification, the winner was once again Wanraya Milk Wannapong of Thailand who is just 12 years old.

She successfully defended her title to finish ahead of Korean Siyun Park, 15, and Teng Ma, 34, of the USA.

And in the Junior category, 12-year-old JaeJong Kim of Korea and Australian Sam Heeps, 17, joined Kang on the podium to claim the second and third places.

Speaking at the event, Acting Secretary-General of the FAI Markus Haggeney said: Congratulations to all the medallists, particularly the Korean team on claiming gold medals in a total of three categories, and the impressive young Thai pilot Wanraya Wannapong, who is now an FAI World Champion for the second time at just 12 years of age.

And thanks to everyone who has played a part in making this FAI World Drone Racing Championship Grand Final such an excellent competition.

There has been a fantastic atmosphere throughout and the Aero Sports Federation of China (ASFC), the organiser Starmach, the city of Ningbo and all the officials and volunteers have done a great job.

Results

Overall

1. KANG Changhyeon (KOR) 2. BITMATTA Thomas (AUS) 3. ROUSSEAU Killian (FRA)

Women1. WANNAPONG Wanraya (THA) 2. PARK Siyun (KOR) 3. MA Teng (USA)

Juniors1. KANG Changhyeon (KOR) 2. KIM JaeJong (KOR) 3. HEEPS Sam (AUS)

National teams1. Korea 2. Australia 3. China

About the 2019 FAI World Drone Racing Championship Grand Final

The 2019 FAI World Drone Racing Championship Grand Final (11-14 December 2019) was held at a dedicated drone-racing track, built especially for the competition in Xiangshan Ningbo, a coastal city in the south east of China about 300km from Shanghai.

Among the 112 participating pilots,103 drone pilots, including 40 juniors and nine women, competed as part of31 national teams. The other nine pilots competed as individuals.

They tested their skills on a three-level championship racetrack that was 4m wide and 6m high, with a total length of 630m.

Called Bi-Fish, it was inspired by the traditional Chinese Tai Chi symbol, and the maritime culture of Xiangshan, Ningbo a former fishing village and included lots of sharp turns, 16 air gates, and a tunnel.

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Chinas El Chapo is flooding the world with crystal meth via Asian cartel which makes $17billion a yea – The Sun

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A DRUG kingpin dubbed "China's El Chapo" is supplying the world with up to 13.1 billion worth of crystal meth every year, the United Nations has said.

Tse Chi Lop, 55, head of cartel Sam Gor, now controls at least 40 per cent of Asia's regional market, which has seen a huge spike in demand for the drug in recent years.

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The boom has triggered a huge counter-narcotics investigation, Operation Kungur, with Sam Gor and Tse Chi Lop as its prime targets, Reuters reports.

The operation, led by the Australian Federal Police, involves 20 law enforcement agencies from countries including Myanmar, China, Thailand, Japan, the United States, and Canada.

It is the biggest ever international effort to combat drug trafficking in Asia.

Crystal meth is a potent psychoactive substance used as a recreational drug throughout the world.

Used consistently, it can induce mood swings, psychosis, muscle breakdown, and seizures.

Sam Gor is thought to being selling the drug into at least a dozen countries across Asia, from Japan in the north to New Zealand in the South Pacific.

Drugs are shipped in containers marked as tea, strapped to the bodies of couriers on commercial flights, or carried in rucksacks by hikers on the jungle paths between Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar.

Lop, currently Asia's most-wanted man, was born in China, but moved to Canada in 1988 and is now a Canadian citizen.

He was arrested in 1998 for importing heroin into the US, but succeeded in having a life sentence reduced to just nine years, and was ultimately released in 2006.

It is reported that he travels by private jet, has a personal guard of Thai kickboxers, and once lost $66 million (51 million) in one night at a Macau casino.

Officials have said Sam Gor is in many ways far more sophisticated than any of the more notorious Latin American drugs gangs.

It supplies a larger and wider-spread market and collaborates with a broader range of other organisations, including Japan's Yakuza syndicates, Australia's biker gangs, and Chinese gangs operating across Southeast Asia.

It is also said to be less prone to outbreaks of internal conflict.

Tse Chi Lop is in the league of El Chapo or maybe Pablo Escobar, Jeremy Douglas, Southeast Asia and Pacific representative for United Nations on Drugs and Crime, told Reuters.

The word kingpin often gets thrown around, but there is no doubt it applies here.

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One veteran Western anti-narcotics official added: The crime groups in Southeast Asia and the Far East operate with seamless efficiency.

"They function like a global corporation."

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Reflecting on 15 years of Lake Sumter Landing – The Villages Daily Sun

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On a warm summer night 15 years ago, the lighthouse at Lake Sumter Landing illuminated for the first time. Villagers danced around the Pavilion at Lake Sumter Landing Market Square in celebration while listening to the rock n roll sounds of Derek and the Slammers. It was that same night that Tony Pacelli, 88 at the time, commented on how impressed he was with how far The Villages had come in his 20 years in the community. Pacelli, one of the founding fathers of softball as we now know it in The Villages today, has since passed away, but his predictions for the squares future have come true. You can bet people from all over The Villages will come here for entertainment and the shops and eating places that will be here, Pacelli said on that opening night, according to The Villages Daily Suns coverage of the event. It will be a drawing attraction for all types. It has been 15 years since the lakefront downtown of Lake Sumter Landing opened to the community.

And today, the areas lighthouse glows just as brightly as it did in 2004, with no signs of dimming any time soon.

As Bill and Joyce Burns, of the Village of Country Club Hills, sat eating their lunch at Lighthouse Point Bar & Grille on a recent summer day, they said the lighthouse was a highlight of the area for them, and theyve been returning to the square to enjoy it for more than six years.

The area instantly drew my attention, Bill said. The view and the food are outstanding. Its just a nice place to come and relax and have a nice meal.

Businesses at the square

Although some things have changed over the years, many things havent.

The Old Mill Playhouse, Ambrosia on the Square, The Purple Pig, Bear Dance Boutique, Hallmark and R.J. Gators are still there, as are about 20 other businesses that opened prior to December 2015.

There is a great synergy between the retail, restaurant, service and office uses there, said Scott Renick, director of commercial development for The Villages. Most of the businesses that have come to Lake Sumter Landing over the years have thrived off of each others customer traffic, and the energy around the center continues to be an attractive quality.

The Villages second movie theater, the classically designed Old Mill Playhouse, opened just days after Lake Sumter Landing, and it has stood the test of time.

Jeffrey LeFrancois, assistant manager at the theater, was there when it opened. At the time, he was an usher.

It was mobbed here when we first opened, he said. We had some old movies that had been out for a while, but people were still coming to see them.

Lefrancois said that its hard to believe its been 15 years because he enjoys coming to work so much.

The staff here makes it fun, he said. It doesnt feel like work.

Lefrancois said the theaters biggest milestone was when it started using digital projections about eight years ago, a feature that all three Villages movie theaters have now.

It took us from static fuzziness to something crisp and clear, like looking out the window, he said.

But even though its been 15 years, the theater is still developing and is constantly active.

At the beginning of the year, Lazy Macs Taco Shack was installed in the lobby, and many events, like a recent Downton Abbey tea party, are held inside the theater.

With the recent opening of Chop House at Lake Sumter and The Flying Biscuit Cafe, Lake Sumter Landing is more than 99% occupied. Both Spanish Springs Town Square and Brownwood Paddock Square are 97% occupied.

(My husband) likes Thai Ruby, and we both enjoy walking around down here by the water and the shops, said Carleen Richardson, of Arlington Ridge in Leesburg. We bring our grandchildren here too because they enjoy looking out over the water and walking the boardwalk. Theres just a lot to do here. We can grab a cup of coffee at Starbucks or a bite to eat at Panera (Bread) and check out the many shops around the square.

Entertainment

Business isnt the only thing booming at Lake Sumter Landing. Entertainment and special events have been a staple at the square for years.

Lake Sumter Landing has hosted numerous political rallies for candidates, including Sen. Mitt Romney, Sen. Paul Ryan, President George W. Bush, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Florida Gov. Rick Scott. It also has been the site of several live television events, including Glenn Beck, Fox & Friends 15th Anniversary Show, Sean Hannity and more.

Over the years, the square also has been the site of many large festivals and special events put on by The Villages, including St. Patricks Day festivals, Christmas tree lightings and many car shows.

We have seen a consistent growth in attendance over the years, especially recently, said Chalsi Goheen, special events manager with The Villages Entertainment. During this time, we have also continued to expand our events to both keep up with demand and to keep things new and exciting.

As snowbirds return this year, Lake Sumter Landing will offer monthly events.

There will be Tai Chi on Tuesday; Total Body Workout in November; Ukulele in December; Group Synergy in January; Cardio Drumming in February; Interval Training in March; an Earth Day event in April; Zumba in May and Yoga on the Square in June.

The three squares

Even with all of Lake Sumter Landings events and entertainers, those who frequent other areas of The Villages should not feel left out.

Goheen said Spanish Springs Town Square still holds the most events per year, and Brownwood has been increasing the number of events at its location as well.

Weve been working hard to bring more balance to that, Goheen said.

But she said Lake Sumter Landing does typically get the largest crowds due to both its central location and larger physical size.

The project itself was unique in the commercial real estate sector, as there were very few like it at that time, Renick said. The area was modeled similarly to Spanish Springs but larger. And having been constructed all at once was also a differentiator for Lake Sumter Landing.

Renick credits the central location and diverse mix of local and national businesses, most of which have been in place for many years, as contributing factors to the success of the square.

Although each square is set up differently, with its own unique features and strengths, one thing they have in common is the variety of nightly entertainment.

At this point, I would say that there isnt one favorite square overall, Goheen said. Everyone has their personal favorite square, but ultimately weve seen all of them get equal favor. One thing that does make Lake Sumter Landing special is the scenery, especially that beautiful view over the lake. It really creates a comfortable, inviting and relaxing atmosphere.

Senior writer Kristen Fiore contributed to this report. Staff writer Monique Meeks can be reached at 352-753-1119, ext. 5387, or monique.meeks@thevillagesmedia.com.

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Chamber To Host Family Health and Wellness Fair At Jordans – Reading, MA Patch

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A release from the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce:

The Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce will host a Family Health and Wellness Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 15th from 58 p.m. in the Beantown section of Jordan's Furniture, 50 Walker's Brook Drive in Reading. This family friendly event will feature exhibits and demonstrations. All are welcome and this event is free to attend.

"We are excited to showcase these talented local providers and resources at our inaugural Family Health and Wellness Fair," commented Chamber President, Francine Coughlin of Bark n' Roll.

Gold Sponsors include Lahey Health, MelroseWakefield Health Care and Austin Prep. Jordan's Furniture is the host sponsor. The Silver Sponsor is The Residence at Pearl Street. The Event Partners are ABC Home Healthcare, PDA Dental Group, Thai Chi Acupuncture and Wellness andCentered Soul Yoga.

Robin Krane, Event Chair and Owner of Fitness Within noted, "Mark your calendar and plan to come to Jordan's on October 15th . It will be a great community event with lots of hands-on demonstrations from local experts."

Dana Farber will be hosting a blood drive that day from 12:30 7:30 PM in the Jordan's parking lot. Online appointments are encouraged and you can sign up here. Fitness Within will offer a prize wheel where guests can win boot camps, small group training sessions and personal training sessions will offer body fat assessments. Natural Food Exchange will be raffling off a spiralizer. Winchester Hospital will be offering a free Breast Cancer Risk Assessment, which calculates your lifetime risk for developing breast cancer, and to learn more about the potential risks for developing breast cancer. Genetic counselors will also be onsite to answer your questions about the benefits and limitations of genetic testing. Fuddruckers's will be offering a dining for dollars with a portion of the bill of all diners who mention the Health and Wellness Expo going to Understanding Disabilities, which operates in the Reading schools. Gymsource will be offering 20% equipment that evening (with some restrictions).

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